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Charlie Shepherd and the Idaho Republicans Seeking Their Republic of Gilead

Reading Time: 10 minutes Hi and welcome back! This past week, an Idaho House Republican, Charlie Shepherd (R-Pollock), offered Idahoans a few choice words about why he’d rejected federal education grants for early childhood education. And then later, he lied about what he’d said and why. Of course, the money’s still gone, and Shepherd’s doing his level best to eviscerate […]

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The Internet Monk’s Endtimes Predictions: Why He Was Wrong

Reading Time: 6 minutes Yesterday, we talked about a guy called the Internet Monk. He made a series of predictions about why and how evangelicalism was going to collapse in America within the next ten years. As we saw, some of his predictions came out more or less true, while others really didn’t. Today, we’ll cover his Endtimes predictions — and see why they won’t ever come true, no matter how hard Christians like him wish for persecution.

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‘Atheist Overreach’ and the Problem of Wingnuts

Reading Time: 8 minutes Hi and welcome back! Lately, we’ve been looking at the 2019 book Atheist Overreach by Christian Smith. It examines the question of religion’s necessity to modern societies. Shockingly, a Christian writer lands on religion being super-duper necessary OMG y’all. One thing I’ve been noticing as I read this book is that it illustrates perfectly the Problem of Wingnuts: how […]

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The Magical Christian Jesus Powers in ‘This Present Darkness’ (LSP #93, Ch.3)

Reading Time: 8 minutes In this installment, we discover Magical Christian Jesus Powers that only TRUE CHRISTIANS™ can possess–and the mystical evil heathen powers deployed in turn by the Cabal of Satanic Wiccans (or Wiccan Satanists, Whatevs) (CSWWSW). Today, Lord Snow Presides over a pair of confrontations that reveal the insecurities–and the most feverish fantasies–of the Christians who loved this book.

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Blaming All the Wrong People

Reading Time: 13 minutes For dysfunctional people and groups, that first step proves to be an insurmountable task. Once the blame settles on the wrong shoulders, it’s almost impossible to pull back to really solve the problem. Today, let me show you how to tell when blame has been wrongly assigned.